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Home | Fruits | Currant December 21, 2014
Currant
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 112g
(Red and white raw 1 cup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 63  Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
   Saturated Fat 0g 0%
   Trans Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
   Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
   Sugars 19g  
Protein 2g  
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 77%
Calcium 4% Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 112g
(European black raw 1 cup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71  Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
   Saturated Fat 0g 0%
   Trans Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
   Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
   Sugars 0g  
Protein 5g  
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 338%
Calcium 6% Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Currant: Small round fruit with smooth skin. Fruit can be red, yellow or black. Currants grow in clusters, many on the same sprig, with many sprigs on to a plant. The plant varies from a low lying variety to be as tall as 4-5' in height. The currant shrub does not have thorns.

Red and blackcurrants were once popular in the United States as they still are in Europe and Asia, but became extremely rare in the 20th century after currant farming was banned in the early 1900s when blackcurrants, as a vector of white pine blister rust, were considered a threat to the U.S. logging industry. Today, many varieties have been bred to be resistant to white pine blister rust.

Red, black and white currant fruits are a good source of vitamins B1 and C, and are rich in iron, phosphorus, potassium, fiber, copper and manganese. Currants are a good source of antioxidants and vitamins.

In flavor, fruits of any currants can be described as both tart and sweet. White currants are sweeter than redcurrants, and both are a little more tart than blackcurrants.

White and redcurrants are both eaten raw in salads and drinks, though they can be used for jams and other cooked dishes. Both berries and leaves can be used in drink preparations - berries to infuse liqueurs and leaves brewed into teas. Currants also have varied medicinal uses, which can easily be located on the Internet.

Special permit from New Jersey DOA is needed

The possession or movement of red currants and gooseberries into or within NJ is prohibited except in Montague, Sandyston, Walpack and Vernon Townships in Sussex County; West Milford, Ringwood Borough and Wanaque Township in Passaic County; and Jefferson Township in Morris County."

European black currants have no restrictions.

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Black - Ben Sarek - Ideal for the home garden. Bushes are compact, approximating 3' in height at maturity, with high yields of large, easy-to-pick berries. Fruit makes an excellent jam or jelly and recommended for wine making, it is also known as cassis. This cultivar is highly resistant to White Pine Blister Rust.

Red - Rovada - Produces very large fruit on extremely long sprigs. This combination produces a heavy crop that is easy to pick. The plant is very free of mildew and other leaf diseases. It escapes frost since it flowers late.

White - Blanca - Yields heavy, opaque, white fruit on long sprigs. The immature fruit starts out tart, but turns sweeter upon fully ripening. Blanca is used for wine making, juicing, and fresh consumption as well as general use. This vigorous variety has a spreading growth habit and produces fruit at midseason.
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